Rules

Rules

Brawl Stars

Gamestars Brawl Stars: Team Battle


1. Regulations

 

1.1. General 
All decisions within the tournament rules can only be done by the tournament administration. Any disputes regarding situations not specified in the rules will be solved by the tournament administration at their discretion. Decisions are final and not negotiable.

1.2. Rules of behavior
Participating Teams automatically agree to abide by the Brawl Stars Terms of Service and all tournament rules listed here.
Violations will be punished with warnings, penalties, disqualification from the tournament, or a ban in upcoming GameStars tournaments.

1.3. Conditions of participation and restrictions
At least 2 players in each team must be citizens of one of the following countries:
-Ukraine
-Russia
-Kazakhstan

A team is allowed to have only one player (presented in the main squad or as substitute player) who is not a citizen of one of the countries listed above.

Tournament officials have the right to verify a player's nationality by requesting an ID document. In case, after requesting confirmation of the participant's citizenship, the player will not prove his citizenship before the start of the next match, the administration has the right to disqualify the whole team from the tournament.

All players must be registered on the Gamestars website with a connected Supercell ID.

1.4. Execution of obligations
By registering in the tournament, the participants make a commitment to finish the tournament according to the rules and regulations. The participant cannot refuse to participate in the tournament because of disagreement with the rules, the decisions of the administration or unsuitable  conditions. In case of refusal to take part in the tournament, participants will completely lose the prize money, and may be disqualified from future GameStars tournaments.

1.5. Slot holder
If a team represents an organization in a tournament, the slot belongs to the team organization.
If the team does not represent the organization, the majority of the players of the team's main squad own a slot, and the captain is considered as the nominal representative. The main squad of the team is locked after the confirmation of the team in the tournament. It means that the substitute player cannot claim ownership of the slot.
If a team without organization is unable to save the slot - the Tournament Administration has the right to dispose of the team's slot at its own discretion.

1.6. Use of personal data and images of players / teams.
When registering for the tournament, each player grants the right to the tournament administration to use their data, name, surname, nickname, photo, team name, team logo, etc. for advertising and other activities.
1.7. Broadcasting games.
The right to broadcast the games of the tournament belongs exclusively to Gamestars, as well as to persons approved by the Gamestars Administration.
In case games broadcasting officially, players are prohibited from broadcasting (streaming) their games without the permission of the Tournament Administration.

1.8. Ownership restrictions
Team owners must not have a business interest in more than one team participating in the final stage of Brawl Stars Gamestars: Preseason Team Battle.
By “business interest" means any of the following definitions: direct and indirect financial influence, ownership, management and other participation in the operations of teams.
The tournament administration has the right to make the final decision to restrict team ownership.
In case the owner or representative of the owner is associated with several teams, he will be obliged to waive rights in all teams except one. The tournament administration has the right, at its sole discretion, to punish the owners and teams.

Participants are obliged to provide any requested documents regarding participation in the tournament to the tournament referees upon first request.

1.9. Confidentiality
The content of any protests, appeals, discussions or correspondence on any other issues with the Tournament Administration is strictly confidential. The publication of such materials without the prior written consent of the Tournament Administration is prohibited.

1.10. Cash prizes
All cash prizes are paid within 90 days after the last day of the final stage. All participants in the final stage of the tournament will be provided with a “tournament participant” contract for signing, in which they will have to indicate all the requested information.

1.11. Changes to the rules
The tournament administration reserves the right to supplement, delete and otherwise change the rules without any additional notice to the participants. To ensure fair play and maintain healthy competition, the Tournament Administration also reserves the right to make decisions on issues not mentioned or covered in detail in these rules, and in exceptional cases - to make decisions that are contrary to these rules.


2. Participants

 

2.1. Team squad.
The Brawl Stars Gamestars: Preseason Team Battle tournament is attended by teams of 3 people, in addition to this, there may be one reserve player.
It is allowed to have one player in the squad from outside the participating countries. Other players must be citizens of the countries listed in paragraph 1.3.
The roster must be finally formed before the team is confirmed their participation in the tournament.

2.2. Substitutions during the tournament
A team can use a reserve player in matches, if he was added in the line up before the team’s confirmation in the tournament. To do this, reverve player must be moved to the team main line up on the Gamestars website.

In case of an emergency, the team may agree with the Administration on a temporary replacement in the line up (add a new player) before the start of the first matches of the playing day. To do so, the team captain must write to the tournament referee in Discord.
A temporary substitute cannot play more than 30% of the maximum possible matches.
Adding a new player to the team without the permission of the Administration is prohibited.

2.3. Team name and players' nicknames.
Players are prohibited from changing the team name and their nicknames without the prior permission of the Administration.

2.4. Names, symbols and sponsors 
The tournament administration reserves the right to prohibit the use of unwanted names and / or symbols within the competition. The use of any legally protected word or symbol is prohibited without the permission of its owner. The Brawl Stars Gamestars: Preseason Team Battle prohibits advertising or promoting sponsors representing other gaming companies (whether exclusively or broadly), game publishers or gaming platforms, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pornography, weapons, betting companies or companies associated with gambling; and advertising or promotion of any company, product or service related to any of the above.

2.5. Communication with the tournament administration.
The team captain must join the official Gamestars game’s Discord server, which is the only official channel of communication with the tournament administration. Also, important announcements regarding the holding of the tournament will be published there.

 

3. Tournament structure

 

3.1. Match format.

3.1.1. Description of terms.
- Game - One game in a pre-selected mode and on a pre-selected map.
- Set - play up to 2 wins (streak of 3 games) or up to 3 wins (streak of 5 games) in one of the following Brawl Stars modes:

  • Siege
  • Bounty
  • Gem Grab
  • Heist
  • Brawl Ball

- Match - play up to 2 wins (a series of 3 sets) or up to 3 wins (a series of 5 sets), depending on the stage of the tournament.

3.1.2. Play up to 2 wins 
Players will play up to 3 sets. The first team to win 2 sets will be the winner: 
- Set 1 - Mode and Map 1: 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2; 
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

- Set 2 - Mode and map 2: 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2;  
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

- Set 3 — Mode and map 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games): 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2;  
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

3.1.3 Play up to 3 wins  
Players will play up to 5 sets. The first team who will win 3 sets will be the winner: 
- Set 1 - Mode and Map 1: 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2; 
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

- Set 2 - Mode and map 2: 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2;  
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

- Set 3 — Mode and map 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games): 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2;  
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

- Set 4 - Mode and map 4: 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2;  
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

- Set 5 — Mode and map 5 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games): 

  • game 1; 
  • game 2;  
  • game 3 (in case of a draw by the results of the first two games). 

 

3.2 Before the start of the tournament:
 
3.2.1. Registration.
The Brawl Stars Gamestars: Preseason Team Battle is attended by 128 teams that managed to register on the official website of the tournament. Registration dates are indicated on the tournament page.
To participate in the Tournament, you need to register on the official website, set the GameID corresponding to your game account, create a team, form a squad or join an existing squad in the Brawl Stars discipline, register in the tournament and confirm your participation.

3.2.2. The confirmation.
A prerequisite for the participation of a team in the Tournament is the confirmation of the Team within the time frame described on the Tournament page. The team that did not manage to confirm before the start of the schedule creation will not be allowed to participate in the Tournament.

3.2.3 Creating a schedule.
The schedule of the Tournament is formed after the end of the confirmation, within the terms indicated on the Tournament page. The participating teams will be randomly divided into groups.

 

3.3. Tournament format

 

The tournament consists of two stages - open qualifier and the final.

3.3.1. Open qualifier:
Consist of 4 Rounds:
Round 1 - The matches of the round will be played from November 12 to November 15, from 18:00 to 22:00 Moscow time.
128 teams will be divided into 32 groups, 6 teams each.
In each group the teams will play one match up to 2 wins (a series of 3 sets). The top 2 teams in each group will advance to the next round.
Round 2 - The matches of the round will be played on November 18,19, from 18:00 to 22:00 Moscow time.
64 teams will be divided into 16 groups, 4 teams each.
In each group the teams will play one match up to 2 wins (a series of 3 sets). The top 2 teams in each group will advance to the next round.
Round 3 - The round matches will be played on November 21, 22, from 18:00 to 22:30 Moscow time.
32 teams will be divided into 8 groups, 4 teams each. In each group the teams will play one match with each other up to 3 wins (series of 5 sets). The top 2 teams in each group will advance to the next round.
Round 4 - The matches of the round will be played on November 24, 25, from 18:00 to 22:30 Moscow time.
16 teams will be divided into 4 groups, 4 teams each. In each group the teams will play one match with each other up to 3 wins (series of 5 sets). The top 2 teams in each group will advance to the final.

 

3.3.2. Group scoring system:
Places of teams in a group during open qualifiers are determined by the sum of points scored in all matches played in the group.
Team will get 3 points for a victory in a match and 0 points for a defeat;

In case of equality of points for two or more teams at the end of all matches in the group, the places of the teams are determined as follows:
a) For personal matches between teams.
b) By the best difference between winning and losing sets between the opposing teams;
c) By the best difference between winning and losing games between the opposing teams;
d) By the best difference between winning and losing sets between all teams;
e) By the best difference between winning and losing gamest between all teams;
If it is impossible to determine the places of all the arguing teams in the group after the first point (a), the places are determined according to the second point (b), then, in case of equality of indicators, according to the third (c), etc.
If it is impossible to determine the places of the arguing teams in the group based on the results of all points, there will be rematch between these teams.
For rematch, teams will need to contact the tournament referee.

3.3.3. The final.
The final will be played according to the Double Elimination system. All matches will be played in a 3-wins format (5-set series). The final matches will be played from 3rd of December to 6th of December.
The bracket and detailed schedule will be published after the qualifiers.

 

4. Gameplay

 

4.1. Throughout the tournament, players are required to play on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). The use of emulators or any software that allows you to play on a PC or other unauthorized devices is prohibited. Players using such software will be disqualified.

4.2. Game version
All players must have the latest version of the game installed to participate in tournaments held by the administration. All updates must be installed prior to the start of the tournament.

4.3. Maps and match modes.
The maps and modes used in the tournament will be listed on the corresponding tournament page and announced in the tournament Discord channel.

4.4. Rules for participation in the Brawl Stars Gamestars: Preseason Team Battle tournament.
Players need to make sure they are logged into the same game account that was registered on the GameStars website. Players logged into the wrong account will not receive a game lobby invite.
Players need to make sure that they are not in any lobby or in a group before the tournament game starts. Otherwise, it will be impossible to receive a game lobby invitation.
Players need to ensure that the “Do Not Disturb” mode is not activated in the game, which prevents the game lobby invitation from appearing on the screen.
Players should not click Ignore when responding to a game lobby prompt.
If a team does not appear in the lobby within the allotted time (see p. 4.6) after sending an invitation to the game lobby, the team will automatically get a defeat.
If a team encounters any problems during a match, they must contact the tournament referee on Discord as soon as possible.

4.5. Brawlers ban.
Players are allowed to use any brawlers during the open qualifiers.
The brawlers ban will be used during the final: before the match, each team will have to select a brawler that cannot be used in the match. Both teams will be prohibited from using the selected brawlers. The selection of brawler will take place in the tournament Discord server under the supervision of a referee.

4.6. Punctuality.
The first lobby of the Set will be created at the start of the match. The starting time is indicated on the match page. Each team is given 10 minutes to join in the lobby.
The lobby for each subsequent Set will be created immediately after the completion of the previous set. After the first lobby, the entry time for each subsequent lobby is 5 minutes.
If a player has problems while entering the lobby at any of the stages, the team captain is obliged to write the tournament referee about this in Discord. Otherwise, if at least one player did not manage to join the lobby within the allotted time, the team will be awarded a forfeit defeat.

4.7. Results
The results of each set and match as a whole are calculated automatically.
However, in order to avoid misunderstandings, at the end of each set, both teams need to take screenshots of the screen where the tournament administration can see the result of the set and keep them throughout the tournament.
Teams are required to provide screenshots of the results of the match sets to the tournament administration upon first request. If a team fails to provide proof of victory in the match at the request of the administration, it may be awarded forfeit.

4.8. Draw
In case the game was played in a draw (as evidenced by the message “Draw” after the end of the game), then the players will need to play an additional game to determine the winner. In an additional game, teams can use other brawlers and abilities.

4.9. Protests.
A protest about violation of rules during the match or wrong match results may be accepted within 20 minutes after the end of all matches in the group. To do this, you must use the functionality of the Gamestars website, providing all the necessary materials, if required.

4.10. Broadcast
The official broadcast of the games will take place only at the final stage. The Open Qualifiers will not be streamed.
By participating in the final, all players automatically give their consent to the use of their personal data in live broadcasting and publication of recordings of games and live broadcasts in the public.

4.11. Technical problems
Participants are solely responsible for the settings and the quality of the Internet that they use for official games. The administration is not responsible for the poor quality of the connection between the participant and the server.
Players are also responsible for solving their technical problems, including those related to hardware and software.
In the event of the departure of one of the players during the game, the team must continue the match with two.
Matches cannot be rescheduled due to technical or other problems for the player.

4.12. Changes to match times.
The administration can change the start time of the match at its sole discretion, due to problems with broadcasts, delays in the previous match, etc.

 

5. Rules of conduct

 

5.1. Public behavior
Participants are obliged to respectfully treat representatives of the GameStars administration, the press, tournament partners and other players. Participants are required to comply with the rules of decent behavior, not to use offensive statements based on race, orientation, gender, citizenship, religion, etc. It is forbidden to use vulgar, obscene expressions, threats to other participants or the administration of the tournament. These rules apply to messages in game chat, social networks or any other text and video interviews.
Insulting the GameStars administration, other participants, spectators is strictly prohibited.

5.2. Discrimination and libel
Participants are prohibited from insulting the dignity or integrity of a country, person, group of people with statements based on race, orientation, gender, citizenship, religion, language or any other preference. Violators can be disqualified at any time, fined half of the prize money, both together and separately.

5.3. Competition Code
All participants are expected to play at their best at all times within any match within the Brawl Stars Gamestars: Preseason Team Battle. Violators of the rules may be punished at the discretion of the tournament referees. Examples of violations:
- Cooperation - Participants who cooperate with others, including other competing participants to cheat or deceive and gain an unfair advantage are guilty of collusion. Acts of collusion include, but are not limited to:
Teaming - agreement between players not to play at full strength;
Preliminary consent to the split of prize money or other forms of compensation;
Receiving information and signals from outside sources during a match;
Deliberately losing any match for compensation.
- Cheating - any modification of the game client, including using any 3rd party apps to grant in-game advantages
- Exploiting - deliberate abuse of in-game bug to gain an advantage
- Smurfing - the use of fake accounts, or playing on someone else's account for profit.
- Multi-account - using multiple personal accounts..
- Disconnection from the game - intentional disconnection from the game, without the prior permission of the tournament organizers.
- Lie - an attempt to deceive the administration or other players with knowingly false statements, information or documents.

 

6. Prize pool.

 

The prize pool based on the results of the final will be distributed as follows:
1st place - $ 1200 (Tournament Winner)
2nd place - $ 600 (Loser in the Grand final of the tournament)
3rd place - $ 450 (Loser in the 4th round in lower bracket)
4th place - $ 250 (Loser in the 3rd round in lower bracket)